CARTHAGE,TX – In yet another reason not to look at a team's record – especially when it comes to conference play – the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners, each in first place when the day began, fell to the Panola Fillies 73-72 and 81-71 to the Ponies, respectively, in Saturday's games in Carthage.
Panola 73, Lady Roadrunners 72
A rough day shooting left the Lady Roadrunners trailing by 17 points with just 11:07 remaining in the game.
A furious rally by the Lady 'Runners netted 16 of the needed deficit, including a 9-2 run in the game's final two minutes, but Panola's Fillies still managed to escape with a 73-72 win Saturday in Carthage.
Fillie Kelsey Bardsley hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds to play, and a non-call on AC's Jasmine Jones with three ticks remaining didn't go AC's way. Jones, driving the lane for the potential game winner, ended up on her back following her shot attempt; the Fillies took position on the dead-ball rebound and were able to run out the clock for jus their second win in conference play.
Bardsley finished with 17 points, including four of Panola's 10 three-pointers. Alicia Mitcham completed a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds; and Sharilyn Reed added 10 points for the Fillies.
Marcy Robinson led the Lady Roadrunners with 18 points before picking up her fifth foul. Jones and Tyeka Ranton added 13 points each, and Tiara George finished with 11.
"The kids decided to gut it up and play hard over those last few minutes," head coach Byron Coleman said. "We just waited about a minute too late to turn it on.
"Our defensive struggles caused our offensive struggles," Coleman added. "If we score on some the open shots we had under the bucket in the first half, I don't think we have the same outcome."
The Fillies continued to build on their halftime lead in the first nine minutes of the second half, taking a 57-40 lead with Mitcham's three at the 11:07 mark.
AC's defense then kicked into a higher gear, allowing the Lady Roadrunners to set themselves up with a chance to pull off the comeback. Instead, the Lady Roadrunners suffered just their third loss in Region XIV play.
AC (18-3, 6-3) will host Trinity Valley Wednesday night at Shands Gym. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Panola 81, Roadrunners 71
Takoby Jackson's season-high 34 points weren't enough to help the Roadrunners past the Ponies, with AC falling 81-71 Saturday in Carthage.
Antonio Holmes' 10 points marked the only other Roadrunner to reach double figures, testament to AC's offensive struggles throughout the game. The 'Runner front line combined for just 14 points spread among four players totaling more than 90 minutes of action.
Panola got 20 points from Raschard Boatner, 17 from Broc Wills and 12 from Louis Ellis in notching just its second win in Region XIV play. The Ponies built a double-digit lead in the first half, withstood AC's run just before the break, and went on to coast the rest of the way in handing the 'Runners their third loss in conference.
Jackson tallied 18 of his 34 in the first half, and finished the game 12-of-18 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. For the season, the sophomore is averaging 16.1 points per game, with seven of his games topping the 20-point mark.
The Roadrunners (12-8, 7-3) will host Navarro Wednesday at Shands Gym in Lufkin. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Angelina College's Ron Steward (left) works against Panola's Charlton Jones during Saturday's game in Carthage. The Roadrunners fell 81-71 to the Ponies, while the Lady Roadrunners dropped a 73-72 decision to the Fillies. (AC Press Photo)
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